Baddeck, Nova Scotia (Friday, October 10) — As I write this, it’s the first night of the 2013 Celtic Colours festival in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. This year’s installment of the award-winning festival includes 46 concerts and more than 200 community cultural events that will explore the musical and cultural connections between Cape Breton and Nordic neighbours from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Shetland; pay tribute to iconic Cape Breton performers and culture bearers; and present some of the finest Celtic and traditional musicians, singers, and dancers from around the world.
We just arrived today in the centrally located village of Baddeck, after a day-long flight from Portland, Oregon, to Halifax, with a change of planes in Chicago on Thursday; and a leisurely drive from Halifax to Cape Breton Island today. So we’re concentrating on getting settled in and studying our itinerary tonight, and skipping the opening night show, which is called “North Atlantic Neighbours” and takes place at the civic centre in Port Hawkesbury. If you take a look at a map, that’s right where Highway 105 crosses over from mainland Nova Scotia to Cape Breton Island, a couple of hours from where we’re staying here on the shores of the lovely Bras d’Or Lake.
But! we’re watching the show anyway, via a live stream on the Celtic Colours website. Select shows will be streamed live in their entirety on Saturday the 12th, Sunday the 13th, Monday the 14th and Saturday the 19th. I’m not sure which shows those will be – there are sometimes several per night taking place in various locations around the island. We’ll be covering at least a show a day between now and next Friday night, and getting reviews and photos posted here just as soon as possible afterward, so do check back in. And tune in and watch a show on the live stream.